The History of Industry in Fredericksburg

From the Central Rappahannock Regional Library  A Different Story: A Black History of Fredericksburg, Stafford, and Spotsylvania, Virginia by Ruth Coder Fitzgerald.    These chapters are of particular interest: Chapter 2, Occupations and Owners (Antebellum period) and Chapter 13, Occupations (post-Civil War). Economic Challenge and Mercantile Enterprise in a Southern Urban System: A Case Study…
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Hunter’s Island Vineyard

By Robert Hodge In 1883, Charles E. Hunter, an industrious Fredericksburg foundryman, purchased what was then known as Beck's Island just below the dam in the Rappahannock River at Fredericksburg. Two years later he purchased a tract known as the "Falls Farm." On these properties, under the supervision of Mr. George Arnaud, a Frenchman who…
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Fredericksburg’s Battlefield Granite

By Noel Harrison, NPS A longtime area resident, Noel Harrison is Manager of Easements for the Fredericksburg office of the National Park Service. To the almost-forgotten past belongs the story of Fredericksburg’s “Battlefield granite” quarries, once touted as being among “the most valuable granite properties in the United States.” The term, “Battlefield granite” is a trade name…
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Hunter’s Iron Works

By Jerrilynn Eby James Hunter (1721-1784) was the son of James Hunter, merchant of Duns, Scotland. His uncle, William Hunter, settled in Virginia in the 1730s and was one of the first Scottish merchants to settle in the Fredericksburg area. James was brought up in the mercantile business and soon began making business trips to…
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Walk Through History . . . Mill Sites and Water Power

From the Greater Fredericksburg Tourism Partnership INTRODUCTION Fredericksburg is located at the falls of the Rappahannock River - the point where the flat, sandy, coastal plain meets the hilly, rocky piedmont to the west. This is where the river becomes unnavigable - rocky rapids and shallow waters make its channel impassable to vessels. However, this…
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